Box Maker: Unknown

10th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Ceramics with green, gray-green, and blue-green glazes are often classified as "celadons" in Western writings. Traditionally, the term has been understood as a reference to a character in an eighteenth-century French play; however, it may have been derived from a corruption of the name Saladin, the founder of the short-lived Ayyubid dynasty in Egypt, who sent forty green-glazed ceramic pieces to a Syrian ruler in the twelfth century. The gray-green glaze on this box is characteristic of Yue wares produced in Zhejiang Province from the ninth to the eleventh century for use at court and for domestic consumption.


Stoneware with green glaze (Yue ware)


1 5/16 × 3 1/4 in. (3.4 × 8.3 cm)

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Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams

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Five Dynasties period (907–60 C.E.)


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Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945) Collection, New Haven, Conn.; Frances Wayland Williams; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1948
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